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Welcome to Bathampton CSA project. The project began in August 2010 and this is the story of how it develops from the generousity of the Hughes family tethered to the passion of Transition Bath and the local community.

If you would like to find out more information about how to get involved or be added to the email list please email info@dryarchgrowers.co.uk.

You can also visit the site which is at the end of Holcombe Lane in Bathampton on Thursday and Sundays from 10am-2pm

 

The land situated at Dry Arch Bathampton has an interesting local history. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty with views over both Bathampton meadows and the Kennet and Avon canal the property has been cultivated and farmed  for several hundred years .  In the early 1920,s the land was purchased by the Hughes family who developed a strong local business providing fresh locally grown produce to markets and other outlets in the Bath area. This market gardening business remained active through two generations of the family until the early 1990,s when all farming activity concluded . In the interim period the land has been used as an area of gentle recreation and amongst other uses provided stabling for horses . The land itself has been allowed to return gently to nature whilst still retaining an abundance of fruit trees, in particular apples and plums, which still to this day  provide an annual crop. The current owners of the land retain a great sentimental attachment to the property and recognise the unique location and  potential as a  resource to provide high quality local produce once again. The legacy of the property  finally proved too overwhelming to ignore and as a consequence the Hughes family recently sought out advice from members of Transition Bath with a clear intention of returning the land to productive use. Since this initial meeting the  potential to develop a Community Supported agriculture project with strong organic principles has been recognised.  Both Transition Bath and three generations of the Hughes family are involved in the project and are all excited to see what the future holds.

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